SmileBox - how to remove mystart.smilebox.com and search.smilebox.com?
SmileBox is a popular application that is used to make collages, scrapbooks and slide shows. While the application by it self is not malware or a virus, the creators of this app are using some deceptive methods to monetize their free program. If you have downloaded this program and installed it without closely checking every installation progress window you will also install a browser toolbar and your homepage will be changed to mystart.smilebox.com
Furthermore SmileBox could have been installed on your PC while you were installing some free software downloaded from Internet, some software developers are bundling such third party apps to monetize their own programs. As stated above SmileBox is not a computer security threat by itself though having this software installed on your PC could put your privacy and PC security at risk.
Why should you uninstall SmileBox from your computer?
- Smilebox changes your default search engine (most commonly Google, Bing, etc.) provider to search.smilebox.com
- This app changes your default homepage to mystart.smilebox.com
- SmileBox can come bundled with third party free software and can install on your computer without your knowledge.
If you have installed SmileBox on your computer yourself and you are happy with the services that you receive you shouldn't do anything, however the fact that this app uses deceptive monetization methods which could put your privacy at risk clearly shows that this app should be eliminated from your PC. The choice is yours. If you haven't installed this program and your Internet browsers are being redirected to mystart.smilebox.com and search.smilebox.com you can use the provided removal instructions to help eliminate this software and it's toolbars from your PC.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Smilebox", "SmileBox EN Toolbar" and "Web Assistant" select them and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Smilebox", "SmileBox EN Toolbar" and "Web Assistant" select these entries and click Remove.
After uninstalling SmileBox app and it's toolbar it's recommended to scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended anti-spyware software. Remove all of the entries that this programs detects to make sure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
SmileBox Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove SmileBox Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for SmileBox Toolbar related entries (SmileBox EN Toolbar, SmileBox EN Toolbar, Web Assistant) and disable them.
Remove SmileBox Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "SmileBox EN" and "Web Assistant", select them and click on a trash can icon.
Remove SmileBox Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "SmileBox EN" and "Web Assistant".
Manual SmileBox removal:
If you were unable to remove SmileBox using the steps above, you can use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk. If you don't have strong computer knowledge you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these SmileBox processes:
Remove these SmileBox registry entries: